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698. The Great Forerunner of the Morn

1 The great forerunner of the morn,
The herald of the Word, is born;
And faithful hearts shall never fail
With thanks and praise his light to hail.

2 With heav'nly message Gabriel came,
That John should be that herald's name,
And with prophetic utt'rance told
His actions great and manifold.

3 His mighty deeds exalt his fame
To greater than a prophet's name;
Of woman born shall never be
A greater prophet than was he.

Text Information
First Line: The great forerunner of the morn
Title: The Great Forerunner of the Morn
Translator: John M. Neale, 1818-1866
Author: Venerable Bede, 673-735
Publication Date: 1986
Meter: LM
Topic: Birth of John the Baptist (June 24 - Vigil and Day); Saints
Language: English
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Adapt. from Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690

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